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03/02/16 03/02/16 [captioning made possible by democracy now!] amy: from pacifica, this is democracy now! >> what a super tuesday. all across our country today, democrats voted to break down barriers so we can all rise together. this country belongs to all of us, not just those at the top.
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people who look one evenworship one way, or think one way. amy: the biggest voting day of the presidential primary race was a big night for democrat hillary clinton, winning seven states. bernie sanders took four, including his home state of vermont. >> this campaign, as i think all of you know, this campaign is nojust abo electing a president, it is about transforming america. amy: on the republican side, donald trump swept a victory come also with seven states and claimed he is a unifier. >> i am a unifier. i know people will find it hard to believe, but i am a unifier. once we get all of this finished , i'm going to go after one person, that's hillary clinton on the assumption she is allowed to run. i don't know she is going to be allowed to run. amy: republican ted cruz his
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home state of texas, also oklahoma and alaska. we will spend the hour looking at the race at the white house with a roundtable of guest. all that and more, coming up. welcome to democracy now!,, the war and peace report. i'm amy goodman. the biggest voting day of the presidential race was a big night for democratic candidate hillary clinton and republican candidate donald trump. they each won victories in 7 -- along with a majority of delegates. democrat bernie sanders won four, including his home state of vermont, as well as oklahoma, minnesota, and colorado. ted cruz also won his home state of texas, along with oklahoma and alaska. meanwhile, republican presidential candidate marco rubio scored his first victory in the primaries in minnesota. we will go to texas and colorado for more on super tuesday results later in the broadcast. super tuesday's results come as a new york appeals court has ruled a lawsuit against donald
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trump's defunct for-profit school, trump university, can go forward. new york attorney general eric schneiderman filed the suit in arguing trump's university 2013, misrepresented itself and defrauded thousands of students of up to $40 million total. meanwhile, in more news from the campaign trail, hillary clinton has again faced questioning about her controversial 1996 comments about some black youth, whom she called super predators. on tuesday, clinton was confronted by a young somali america woman during a clinton campaign stop in a coffee shop in minneapolis. she asked the former secretary of state about her "super predator comments." the quiet back and forth ended with hillary clinton growing frustrated and telling the young woman, "well, why don't you go run for something then." this comes about a week after black lives matter activist ashley williams confronted hillary clinton about her comments during a private fundraiser in charleston, south carolina.
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fox news host bill o'reilly has lost residential custody of his two teenage children, following a lengthy custody battle during which his 17-year-old daughter told a forensic examiner that she watched o'reilly dragging her mother down a staircase by her neck. although the new york appeals court ruled o'reilly's two children should live solely with their mother, maureen mcphilmy, o'reilly still maintains shared legal custody over the two children. the supreme court is set to hear arguments today on the most important abortion rights case in more than 20 years. texas abortion providers are challenging provisions of a sweeping anti-choice law passed 2013 th has alrdy shutted about lf of th state's rougy 40 aboion clinics. with justice antonin scalia's death, the case faces the possibility of a 4 to 4 deadlock, which would leave a lower court's decision upholding the restrictions in place, although it would not set a national precedent. fbi director james comey has acknowledged that forcing apple
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to unlock the iphone of the suspected san bernardino shooter would set a precedent that could be used in other cases. this is james comey responding to questioning by virginia congress member bob goodlatte during a house judiciary committee hearing tuesday. south dakota's republican governor dennis daugaard has vetoed a bill that would have banned transgender students from using the bathroom that corresponds to their gender identity. it was the first so-called bathroom bill to be passed by a state legislature. tuesday's veto comes after south dakota transgender student thomas lewis delivered a petition with more than 80,000 signatures of people opposed to the bill. in a historic ruling in guatemala, two x military officers have been found guilty of forcing 11 indigenous mayan women into sexual slavery during the u.s.-backed dirty wars of the 1980's. former lieutenant colonel and former paramilitary officer
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have been sentenced to a total of 360 years in prison. the trial comes after decades of organizing by mayan women. in iraq, u.s. officials are warning the country's largest dam is facing a "unprecedented risk of catastrophic failure." the u.s. embassy warns that if the mosul dam collapses, hundreds of thousands of people would be at risk of drowning, and more than one million people would be displaced. meanwhile, a deadly -- spate of deadly suicide bombings by isil in iraq have killed more than 130 people over the last few days. meanwhile, two employees of a u.s. military contractor have pleaded guilty to criminal charges related to contracting projects in iraq. neal kasper and his wife tiffany white of laguna construction company were indicted for conspiring to defraud the u.s. government of more than $5 million. kasper plead guilty to wire fraud and conspiracy to solicit kickbacks, while white plead guilty to wire fraud and tax charges. kasper faces up to 20 years in prison. in news from afghanistan, u.s. army general john campbell has stepped down as the commander of
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international forces in afghanistan during a ceremony wednesday. the incoming commander is general john nicholson. during his senate confirmation hearings in january, nicholson said he envisions the u.s. military making a "enduring commitment" in afghanistan. in more news from afghanistan afghan authorities say at least , nine people have died in two u.s. drone strikes in the eastern province of nangarhar. this comes after 25 people died in u.s. drone strikes in the same region about a week ago. in yemen, thousands of people took to the streets of the capital sanaa tuesday to protest u.s.-backed saudi-led bombing campaign, after an airstrike killed 40 people in a market on at the march, protester hamid al saturday. bakhiti spoke out. march is a popular expression against the crime that was committed against shoppers and the populararket in northeastern sanaa that the saudi led to listen wanted to
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declare as a victory. amy: saturday's airstrike came only two days after the european parliament called on the european union to impose an arms embargo against saudi arabia, amid increasing accusations the saudi-led coalition is targeting yemeni civilians. the parliament vote comes after 750,000 european citizens signed a petition calling for the suspension of weapon sales. and delmer berg, the last known surviving veteran of the abraham lincoln brigade has died in his , home in california at the age of 100. berg was one of about 2800 u.s. volunteers who traveled to spain to fight against the fascist dictator franco during spanish civil war. berg was also a longtime labor organizer, who worked with the united farm workers. he recalled his decision to fight in spain in an interview in 2013. the fascistcted by so ipt to take over spain,
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did not know how to get to spain. until one day i was going to work in hollywood as a dishwasher at the hollywood roosevelt hotel, and i see on the side of a building, friends of abraham lincoln brigade. i turned the corner, went up there and told him, i want to go to spain. amy: and those are some of the headlines. this democracy now!,, the war and peace report. i am amy goodman with juan gonzalez. juan: welcome to all of our listeners and viewers from around the country and around the world. before return to the big super tuesday results, your these in today's "new york daily news" is, "now is the time for latino millennials to vote, get -- talk about this. an interesting thing about the selection, trump, as he's getting closer to closer as seen
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as a likely republin candide for predent, ha been fang a loof his campan on building a wall with mexico, attacking mexico, tacking the immigrant community, and we're seeing increasingly the impact on young people across the country, especially young latinos. we're seeing reports in the last week of high schools in iowa, indiana, where white students were saying, build a wall, and trump, trump, taunting fellow latino students. we're seeing norma's interest in this race -- enormous interest in this race by young latinos, especially the millennial latinos, i bar far the biggest growing sector of the american electorate. onhalf of e twice 7 million eligible latino voters or citizens are millennials. and it has been a sharp increase, 40% increases 2008 in the number of eligible latinos
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that could vote. the reality is, the issue of a registration drive, which many latino leaders are pointing out, univision saying they're going to use all of the television stations and networks to promote a 3 million voter registration drive among latinos, and i think what is actually needed is more bya freedom summer campaign the latino youth of america, similar to what happened in the civil rights movement. latino youthds of go into their communities and say, you're not going to deport our parents. we are going to make a stand in terms of -- i think that is increasingly the sentiment i'm hearing among latino leaders across the country, that they have to harness the millennial latinos now represent -- not only 50% of the entire potential electorate, but every year 800,000 young latinos turn 18. this is going to continue for
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years to come. i think that is what the republican party is very much afraid of. trump's campaign is essentially digging a grave for the republican party the future. amy: we will talk about trump's campaign right now as well as the democrats on the super tuesday termath. an: the biggest vong day o thpresidenal prima race was al a b night r democrat hillary clinton and republican donald trump, who each won victories in 7 states along with a majority of delegates. democrat bernie sanders won four states including his home , state of vermont, as well as oklahoma, minnesota, and colorado. ted cruz won his home state of texas, along with oklahoma and alaska, despite former governor sarah palin's endorsement of his rival trump. and republican marco rubio won only one state, minnesota. he also fell short of winning the minimum 20% of the vote needed to earn delegates in texas, alabama and vermont.
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,meanwhile republican john , kasich came in second in vermont. ben carson had no wins. both kasich and carson vowed to stay in the race. hillary clinton dominated among older voters and african-americans as she swept the south and beat her challenger sanders in 7 of the 11 races contested by the democrats, including the delegate-rich states of texas, georgia and virginia, and by a narrow margin in massachusetts. she celebrated with supporters at a victory rally in miami. >> what a super tuesday. know, all across our country today, democrats voted to break down barriers so we can all rise together. it might be unusual, as i have said before, for presidential candidate to say this, but i'm going to keep saying it, i believe what we need in america
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today is more love and kindness. because you know what? you know what? it works. instead of building walls, we're going to break down barriers and build ladders of opportunity and empowerment so every american can live up to his or her potential. because then and only then can america live up to its full potential, too. it is clear tonight that the states in this election has never been higher, and the rhetoric we are hearing on the other side has never been lower. divide america between us and them is wrong, and we're not going to let it work.
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juan: meanwhile, in vermont, bernie sanders celebrated a massive when and vowed to fight on until the democratic convention in july. >> tonight you're going to see a lot of election results come in, and let me remind you of what the media often gets about. these are not -- this is not a general election, it is not winner take all. 48%,u get a 52%, you get you roughly end up with the same amount of delegates in a state. by the end of tonight, we are going to win many hundreds of delegates. [applause] >> bernie! ago, as you know better than any other group in america, when we were out on the lake, we were at 3% in the polls. way in come a very long 10 months.
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[applause] tonight, 15 states will have voted, 35 states remain. and let me assure you, we are going to take our fight for economic justice, for social justice, for environmental sanity, for a world of peace to every one of those estates. juan: inhe repubcan race, donald trump swept a victory in alabama, arkansas georgia massachusetts, tennessee, and , vermont, where he was in a close contest with john kasich. and in virginia where rubio had , campaigned hard. during a victory party in palm beach, florida, trump claimed he is a unifier. >> we ha expandethe republican party. when you look at what has happened in south carolina and you see the kind of numbers that
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we got in terms of extra people coming in, they came from the democratic party or the democrat party and their democrats a long-term democrats and were never going to switch and they all switched, and they were independents. we have expanded the party. look at the number of votes we had in that area as an example. four years ago, they had 390,000 or so votes. we are almost 800,000. whereas the democrats went down. there's much less enthusiasm for the democrats. look, i'm a unifier. i know people will find that hard to believe, but believe me, i'm a unifier. once we get all of this finished, i'm going to go after one person, that hillary clinton , on the assumption she is allowed to run, which is a big assumption. i don't know she is going to be allowed to run. amy: we begin with three guests. the washington, d.c., hans noel from georgetown, university co-author of, "the party , decides." his new piece for the "new york times" is called, "why can't the gop stop trump?"
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here in new york, donna murch is associate professor of history at rutgers university whose recent piece in the new republic "the clintons' war on drugs: , when black lives didn't matter." and in philadelphia, james peterson is the director of africana studies and associate professor of english at lehigh university. a lead msnbc contributor and a host on npr affiliate whyy in philadelphia. we welcome you all to democracy now! hans noel, what is happening within the republican party right now? it is very clear that donald trump is the front runner and is well on his way to the convention -- who knows if it will be brokered or not. talk about with the leadership is doing right now. , can you hear us? >> i'm sorry, you are coming in and out of little bit. yes, asking about trump will stop he appears to be at a
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position of it is one to be difficult to stop him. it does likely look like you will be the nominee. amy: talk about the response of the republican party. i want to go to a clip right now of paul ryan. paul ryan, the house speaker who said on tuesday that the republican presidential nominee must reject any group built on bigotry. >> today i want to be very clear about something. if a person wants to be the nominee of the republican party, there can be no evasion and no games. they must reject any group or cause that is built on bigotry. this party does not prey on people's prejudices. ideals.l to the highest this is the party of lincoln. we believe all people are created equal in the eyes of god and our government. this is fundamental. and if someone what's to be our
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nominee, they must understand this. i hope this is the last time i need to speak out on this race. it is time we get back to focusing on how, very specifically, how we're going to get to solving the many problems that american families are facing after seven years of barack obama. amy: that is bigger paul ryan. mitch mcconnell sought to distance himself from donald trump but condemning the kkk is an "let me make it perfectly clear, senate republicans condemn david duke and the kkk, that is not the view of republicans that have been elected to the united states senate. , talk about what is happening here and the possibility that he could, that donald trump could win the popular vote leading up to the convention, but the forcing of a brokered convention because they don't like donald trump. >> the republican party leadership really does not like trump, so they would like a strategy to stop him. while trump is clearly going to
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have come i think, is not the most delegates, clearly, a very large amount, probably an outright majority, he is also ofng that winning 45%, 35% the vote, so there is a lot of the voters in the republican party who don't like them, they just have not coordinated and they don't like. republicans would love to find a way to come up with another candidate, but the rules they're playing under do not give them a lot of options. juan: hans noel, the calls of ted cruz for all the other candidates to drop out so that he can go head-to-head against trump are also not necessarily receiving support among the republican leadership. could you talk about that? >> the problem is, the republican leadership does not carry much for cruz, either. if there were no trump, cruz would be the candidate everyone was trying to stop. the party was -- before trump got involved, they were divided between a party regulars group, kind of like jeb bush, and a
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more ideological to party freedom caucus type group that came to like ted cruz. what they need is a candidate that can a bridge that divide. there are possible candidates, but none seem to get traction in both places. you are ready have a fracture party. the solution to getting rid of of that to go half fracture is not satisfied to a lot of people in the party, either. side, on the democratic you have visited numerous racking up of votes from african americans by her clinton throughout the south and yet bernie sanders is still -- has the support of many of the progressive african-americans intellectuals around the country, and has managed to dent the latino vote at least in colorado and nevada, not mrs. early in texas day because help texas would overwhelmingly for hillary clinton last night. your sense of what is happening in terms of the debate in the
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african-american community over clinton and sanders? >> i think it is interesting. a lot of the mainstream coverage of the center's campaign has talked about how it is an all-white campaign and very few campaign workers that are black. i have been to some of the events and that the organizers involved, and there is significant black staff. this raises larger russians about the coalition in the history of the democratic party. looking at the results of south carolina on super tuesday, what we're seeing arguments black voter turnout for hillary clinton. she has a compelling -- she is a compelling political figure. on the other hand, there really is a very big base of support, particularly among the black left and among academics, sstellectuals, and le working-class people. i think we have to do an analysis about what has happened. one thing i'm surprised about is the issues of massacres ration
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-- massacres ration, the war on drugs, the context which the super predator and bring them to heel, it was made, that much of the struggle memory of that does not seem to be informing the voting practices. so i think all of us are concerned about mass incarceration, these larger issues about equity and social justice or tried to interpret what has happened in the south. there are real social constraints in getting out the vote. hillary clinton and her husband have built a patronage network is supported very strongly by black leadership class, not only electoral, and we know about the congressional black caucus pact, the congressman clyburn was supporting very strongly as local ministers and local municipal and state black legislatures, so i think trying to make bernie sanders legible to black population, many who do not know who he is, 74-year-old senator from vermont, that is a large part of the challenge.
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that is something we have to think about that way. amy: you have these interruptions of hillary clinton's private fundraisers or when she is just walking, the recent one of south carolina and we reported in headlights today in minnesota, a somali young woman, somali american woman, also referring to the super predator comments. if you could say more specifically what they are saying about hillary clinton's comment in 1996, that also talk about georgia, which she swept, but you have looked at that state. >> they're talking about a comment she made about essentially super predators that needed to be brought to heel, using a language that is dehumanizing, talking about black youth as animals. it is precisely that kind of discourse that made the war on drugs and gangs possible, this utter stripping of humanity. just like black lives matter confrontation, of her last
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summer, this is the same issue about mass criminalization of black youth. i think interpreted that way, this is very important because it has opened up her broader dialogue and the broader electorate about how to howard has massacre restoration? people i very upset, but how does that translate into policy change supporting particular type of candidates? that debate is going to continue long after these results. georgia, there were remarkable things that have not made it into the mainstream media. one of the most incredible, and i found this on social media, a massive rally a protest -- a campaign rally that took place at morehouse in which the omega fulli fraternity did a step show. the crowd was filled with thousands of people. you sell this mobilization of black millennials, and that is something i want to highlight that speaks to what juan was saying about latino millennials.
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if you break down the south carolina totals, hillary won a bung black millennials, that it was much closer. that is speaks to the successful organizing of the sanders campaign and the future of seeing black millennials who are concerned about massacre restoration of these economic questions, wrote concern about the cost of her education and social welfare, things about people's bottom line. important.age is amy: you had trump throwing out 30 black students at university in georgia, many of them at thely upset, saying state university, they had come to see what a trump rally looked like. i want to get james peterson's comments overall on the super tuesday and the tremendous sweep of both hillary clinton and donald trump. >> there is more work to be
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done. you have to lay out these markers. criminal justice. amy: when we come back, we will go to james peterson we will be back in a minute. ♪ [music break]
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amy: this is democracy now!,, the war and peace report. i'm amy goodman with juan gonzalez. this is the morning after, the
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day after the super tuesday primaries where both hillary clinton and donald trump swept many of the states that they were competing in, each of them getting seven states. bernie sanders winning in four states. ted cruz winning in three states. marco rubio picking up his wrist state, minnesota. our guest are james peterson of lehigh university and donna murch from rutgers university. james peterson, your overall reaction to what took place on tuesday? >> first, there is extreme irony on the republican side to hear establishment republicans try to push donald trump on this kkk maneuvering around those comments, and calling for him to reject those kinds of groups when the party on the whole over the last, i don't know, six or seven presidential elections, has deployed what we refer to as the southern strategy. which is a strategy they usually
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uses dog whistles and different kinds of underhanded ways of forcing their base to sort of think more racially in terms of the american body politic. so when you solve trump maneuvering around that question just days before you have super tuesday, which features georgia, texas, these huge southern states, he was actually playing into the establishment republican playbook. he just does it more explicitly and does it in a way the base of the republican party, particularly in the south, can identify with as nothing politically correct. his strategy was realized on super tuesday, but it is interesting to see republicans reject somebody they have embraced them will -- in a more subversive way. hillary clinton is a big winner coming out of last night. we have to break down some of the numbers to think about what has been successful on the sanders side of the democratic
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presidential race at this point in time. there interesting maneuvers he has made with millennials, with the black left, and intellectual class. but at the end of the day, the clintons have built a machine in this country, particularly in the south, and not just patronage. they have got a lot of black officials elected. and they also have an extensive ground game in many of these -- and a lot of the super tuesday states that have been am place robust a couple of decades now. hillary clinton is a beneficiary of the long sort of history of clinton's in american politics. i think these sanders campaign and the surrogates for sanders have to be careful about how they chastise black folks and other folks who don't come over to their cause because at the theof the day, some of commentary has been condescending coming from the black left directed at black folks who support hillary clinton. you have these squabbles in and
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around people being smart about politics, who we should be voting for, what are the particular issues for the democratic party and the left going into the future. piece about the latino millennials. of the vote and focus on the left the democratic party, i hope it becomes less about rejecting donald trump and more about what the progressive use of the democratic party need to be going into the 21st century. juan: james peterson, i want to ask about a line of argument donald trump is increasingly pressing in his press conferences, and that is about the energy level of the voters in the republican primaries versus the democratic primaries. we're seeing record numbers of people voting in the republican primaries, and pretty much, so far, a diminished turnout in the democratic primaries. nothing like what occurred when hillary clinton and barack obama were contesting the nomination
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in 2008. do you have some concern or your perspective on this argument that the republican base is much more energized at thipoint? it a penduluswing. here's the thg. this is ss about establishment versus outsider politics on the right, and much more about the ways in which donald trump, cause of his media presence, because of the simplicity of his message, and because of his rejection of what folks think of as being politically correct, he has tapped into those broad swath of americans who are rejecting the first black presidency. i know for a lot of folks, it is hard to think about this all being about race, and maybe it is not simply about race, but there are many americans who honestly feel as if barack obama and the current demographic shift, some of the shift you talk about in your piece, are in some ways taking the country away from them. there are folks who feel as if this is a nativist impulse on
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the right, that america needs to go back to some point in time where white folks were dominant and predominant. so the demographic shifts to terms of the first black presidency has created a groundswell of folks on the right who are rejecting the future of america. donald trump is tapping into that. that is a very real base of the republican party, and it galvanized and excites folks who have checked out of a system they think has been taken away from them via these different gem -- demographic shifts. specially onat, super tuesday with the seven states, that donald trump is tapping into. on the left, or the democratic party, the left is the press. partially because of disappointments from the obama administration. partially because of the sort of two decades drift for the center or for the right that the democratic party has embraced.
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so this is why -- even when you play the clips from the clinton rally versus the sanders rally, you don't hear the same. sanders has this national ad that is a very civil breakdown of how money in the political process in america is destroying the political process. it is very compelling and convincing, and folks on the left understand that, specially those a little older who have been experiencing the drift toward the right of the democratic party. sanders is tapping into that energy, but the left and the democratic party are depressed because of that move for the right of because of some disappointments in the obama administration. the great hope that obama cultivated at the top of his candidacy has diminished, unfortunately, over the last two terms based on different policies. we could talk for hours about the minutia of the policies of the obama administration and how that disappointed the left, but that is essentially why you're seeing a depressed turnout on the left and the enhanced
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turnout on the right. juan: james peterson, i want to turn to the biggest prize last night in the primary, which was texas, the home state of republican presidential candidate ted cruz. he celebrated his victories in texas, oklahoma, and alaska with a round of mudslinging against the republican front-runner donald trump. >> tomorrow morning we have a choice. so long as the field remains divided, donald trump's path to thenominati remainsore kely. d that would be disaster for republicans. for conservatives and for the nation. tonight, we have seen that our campaign is the only campaign that has beaten, that can feed, and that will be donald trump.
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amy: that is ted cruz of speaking in houston. we're going to go to austin to the digital editor of the texas observer has helped lead the day-to-day political coverage, formally a senior political reporter at rh reality check. we're still with donna murch of records as well as james peterson at lehigh. andrea grimes, talk about the significance of the texas primary and ted cruz costs -- ted cruz's victory. all eyes were on texas last night it ted cruz had not picked up his home state, it would have been kind of a nightmare for him. but he performed really well, despite the trump surge, despite huge voter turnout numbers for the gop here in texas. a lot of people thought that my spell victory for trump, but in fact, cruz prevailed. as we have heard, he is promising to take this thing all the way to the convention. did not stoptrain
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in texas last night. juan: in terms of what enabled recognition,n name to marshal that support? >> you know, i think the name recognition did help him. cruz is a great reputation also with the tea party here in texas. the tea party has kind of enjoyed his razzing of the national party in washington. they like that he challenges the kind of beltway establishment. and i think that plays really, really well here. i also think that some of the remarks that trump has made, racist remarks about the latino community, has not fared well here in texas, and ihink those things come together terms of republican turnout to give cruz that win. amy: planned parenthood was talked about twice in trump's
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news conference, he did not have a party, a big party for super tuesday, he held it at his biggest state in florida. and also ted cruz talked about planned parenthood, particularly significant because today in washington, the supreme court will be hearing the most significant case on women's right to choose and, like, two decades. i want to go to trump's news corp. is when a reporter asked donald trump about his position on planned parenthood. >> i'm just doing what is right. look, planned parenthood has done some good work for millions of women. and i will say it, i know a lot of the so-called conservatives, they say -- i am a conservative, but i'm a common sense conservative. but millions of women have been helped by planned parenthood. but we're not going to allow it and not going to find it as long as you have the abortion going on at planned parenthood. we understand that. i have said it loud and clear. we will see what happens.
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planned parenthood, millions of people -- and i've had thousands of letters from women that have been helped. this was not a setup, this was people writing letters. i am going to be really good for women. i am going to be good for women's health issues. it is very important to me. it is very important to me. and maybe that is not a perfect conservative view. amy: and this was ted cruz addressing his supporters in houston after his victory in texas. he said he is the best candidate in his party to defeat donald trump. >> it is our choice. donald trump has pledged to expand obamacare it is socialized medicine. [boos] with the federal government controlling and rationing your health care. [boos] as president, i will repeal every word of obamacare. [applause]
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donald trump promises to cut deals with democrats and to continue the washington cronyism . just like he supported obama's tarp, wall street bailouts. i will stand with the people of this country and end corporate welfare. adopt a flat tax and abolish the irs. [applause] donald trump funded the gang of eight. [boos] with your help, i led the successful opposition to the gang of eight's amnesty plan. donald trump supports planned
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parenthood. [boos] i will direct the justice department to investigate planned parenthood. amy: there you have ted cruz laying out the differences between him and donald trump. andrea grimes, you have long covered women's reproductive rights. how is this playing out in texas and around the country right now on this pivotal day when the supreme court will hear the whole woman's health case in texas that could determine access to abortion clinics around the country? abortion bill that passed years ago, really has made it to the highest court in the land now. i know last night while i was keeping track of super tuesday returns, my social media feeds were full of reproductive justice activist here in texas, either in d.c. or on their way to d.c. for the supreme court oral arguments today.
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not many people will get inside. they are rallying in d.c. i think we've seen a real upswing here in texas of people who have had abortions telling their own abortion stories trying to get the word out about the damage that hb2 has done to texas. i think where watching the supreme court to find out really, not just how abortion access will play out in texas, but across the country. the restrictions in hb2 could come up anywhere in the country now. i think a lot of antiabortion lawmakers are looking to the supreme court perhaps to give them permission to pass restrictions like admitting privileges for doctors or and military surgical centers for abortion clinics. if things do not go in the direction of whole woman's health, we really could be seeing a wave of the akoni and antiabortion legislation taking place across the united states.
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juan: i want to ask you about one particular rarity of texas, the campus carry law, were students will be able, if they permit, toons bring guns on campus, and the impact of that on colleges professors and students across the state? >> our campus carry law said to go into effect later this year or the fall semester. no private university in texas has said they will opt into the campus carry law. they were given the opportunity to opt out, and all of them did. the public universities here in texas are really not fans of campus carry. i'm not sure any education professional or educator or any real serious professor who has taken time to think about these things has really come out in strong favor of campus carry. notably, the university of texas at austin, really be flagship
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university location here in the board president said he is going to do everything he can to limit the carrying of guns here on campus. it is going to be difficult. we can have guns in classrooms and in the hallway, you can have guns in the quad. there are very few limitations on where kids cannot carry guns. and that includes in some living spaces. it is kind of tense, i would say, now, but i think we're also potentially looking at perhaps some litigation will stop it remains to be seen what will happen before the law goes into effect this fall. amy: in the changing demographics of texas, and how that plays into this super tuesday primary and also overall? >> people always want to wonder, when is texas turning blue? when is texas turning purple? demographically, texas is tremendously diverse. what we're facing is a problem of, in my opinion, voter
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suppression. we're serious gerrymandering problem. you're dealing with a voter identification ask that really hurts people's ability to vote. demographics, it is a question we can talk about, but until some of our problems with gerrymandering and voter id are dealt with, demographics are not going to be perhaps the biggest arbiter of who our elected officials are. i think our elected officials do not represent the demographic makeup of state, and i think they would like to keep it that way. amy: overall, demographics of the south, professor donna murch ? >> they are shifting. understanding the rise of trump, all over the country, nexium populations are growing as the fastest percentage. south carolina, it was the latino population relatively small. but on voter suppression, i think that is a big aim we need to talk about. one thing i found out in
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research working for sanders, the number of constraints that i had not heard about. we know about the usual photo constraints, gerrymandering, but for example, south carolina passed a law in which trying to register your people to vote, they have to provider social security number on forms. when you're doing door-to-door canvassing, that is another block. i think this is a challenge to outcomeut the broader -- to think about the broader outcome. in some ways, most vulnerable population is being kept out of the electorate. amy: donna murch and andrea for the texasng observer.r we will talk about colorado when we come back. stay with us. ♪ [music break]
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amy: this is democracy now!,, the war and peace report. i'm amy goodman with juan gonzalez. juan: in the race to the white house, democrat bernie sanders surged to victory last night in the colorado caucus, along with vermont, oklahoma and minnesota. , colorado has a growing latino population, who make up nearly 15% of eligible voters in the states. most of them are registered democrats. erika andiola, the national latina press secretary for sanders, spoke to democracy now! last night outside of the sanders victory party in denver. >> the latino community is learning more and more. we started as a disadvantage. i think bernie every time he speaks or comes out, the more and more momentum we can, more more latinos are learning the message he brings and the more latinos are getting tired of the
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establishment, the politics that that get usng stuck. we cannot get immigration reform. system.ation latinos are saying it more and more. they are definitely feeling the bern. amy: erika andiola, the national latina press secretary for sanders. caucuses in colorado are open only to registered party members. the state added nearly 30,000 registered democrats in recent months, some of whom reportedly joined the party so they could caucus for sanders. well, for more, we're going directly to the denver open media center in colorado where we are joined by two guests, corey hutchins a journalist for , the colorado independent, a nonprofit digital news outlet in denver. and dulce saenz is colorado state director with the bernie sanders campaign. still with us in new york, donna murch from rutgers. talk about , can you this victory? it is one of four that bernie sanders had in the country last night on super tuesday, and why you think he in colorado won in
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colorado? >> we're so excited we won colorado. coloradans have a spirit of pioneering. it is part of our history here in colorado. currently, we see about one third democrat, one third republican, one third independent. the division he is talking about, it is really speaking to coloradans here. , can youy hutchins explain how the whole system works in colorado? the fact that republicans were not also caucusing for the presidential candidate and how the democratic caucus works? i heard it was totally chaotic. >> yeah, it was. one woman described it to me countyght in a swing where i watched the caucus, she looked around and said, this is creative chaos. more people showed up to these
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caucuses this year than was expected. i think the estimate we're hearing is about 120,000, which is about how many can out in 2008 during the obama-clinton caucus. the caucus system is only open to registered democrats. over one million registered voters in colorado were not allowed to participate because they are unaffiliated voters. the caucus process is run by the political parties here. the republicans did have their caucuses here in colorado last night, but they did not hold a presidential preference straw poll -- essentially, they just decided to take a pass on colorado. juan: dulce saenz, can you talk about the changing nature of the colorado population? resident always been a longtime latino community, especially in southern colorado, but the growth of the latino
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community in colorado, how that has shaped the political perspectives in the orientation of the democrats? >> absolutely. i am an immigrant from mexico myself, and i grew up about 25% latino. -- and i grew up in a 25% latino county. chicanoa strong population. also an immigrant population. in the northeastern plains here in the front range as well as the western slope because of a lot of seasonal job opportunities. ands a growing demographic played a significant role first last night. amy: whitey support bernie sanders or how did you make that decision? >> being from a country like mexico where you understand the politics and the corruption and the money involved in that government, i'm absolutely
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concerned about the money spent and elections committee for locally -- school board elections cost more and more every time. the politics. i worked in immigration reform, education equity, and climate issues. thee is always -- despite progress we might make on each of these individual issues, there was always something larger. big polters funng anti--- combating climate change policies. someor sanders speaks to of the systemic issues we're facing that as a country, which permitted us from addressing more specific policies -- prohibited us from addressing more specific policies. juan: to take away that you would like our viewers an audience to sum up from last night's boat? >> one thing is, thinking about the constraints that were faced by the sanders campaign, things we've always -- already talked about, voter suppression, name record russian, but one of the
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most effective parts of hillary clinton strategy has been to drape herself in barack obama's legacy in to say in order to continue his presidency, it is necessary to vote for me. i think that is important. it helped to explain some of the efficacy of getting support from african-american voters, but i do not think we should take this as a that's now on radical politics. a new kind of coalition that is bringing together a whole portion of the black left of academics, the sanders campaign outreach to the $10 minimum wage in birmingham, so links between black labor left, academics, millennials, and a new generation of people mobilizing around these issues of economic redistribution. amy: corey hutchins, the entire democratic leadership almost across the board in colorado was for hillary clinton, is that right? >> oh, absolutely.
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they support hillary clinton. the democratic governor john hickenlooper supports hillary clinton, former u.s. secretary of the interior and u.s. senator and salazar supports who clinton, the former mayor of denver. and yet hillary clinton lost to bernie sanders in colorado by what looks like about 20 points. this was most evident to me about a week ago when both campaigns rolled out their legislative endorsements here at the capital. of 100ders campaign, out members of the legislature, the sanders campaign could only find three members of the house to come out and stand on the steps and declare their support for sanders. when they did that, they were backed by 100 excited sign waving people who clearly "feel the bern." amy: this is similar to new hampshire, the entire democratic leadership for hillary clinton and yet bernie sanders won.
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and the senate is very important now, is that right, corey hutchins, and what is going on now in colorado? >> a giant race for the u.s. senate, michael bennet is our democratic senator here, a senior senator here in colorado. and there are now officially 13 republican candidates who are looking to take him on in november. half of them will go to the asssroots caucus process they did last night, the other half will petition onto the ballot and kind of take their message outside that grassroots meatgrinder caucus system and will petition directly onto the ballot. there is also a pretty closely watched congressional race here in colorado. the republican congressman from district six, a sever -- joint amy: we will continue that on another day because our time
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clock is running out. thank you so much to corey hutchins of the colorado independent and dulce saenz for the bernie sanders campaign. donna murch of rutgers university. [captioning made possible by democracy now!]
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